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IT-Analysis: Linux kernel set for launch; surge of positive press to follow?

Dec 12, 2000, 16:40 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack of Hearts)

"Linux has been a bit quiet of late. A couple of months ago you couldn't go anywhere without hearing or reading something about the rapidly proliferating operating system. But, of recent times, it seems to have fallen out of favour with the pundits. Part of the reason for this could be the simple fact that many of the Linux industry pioneers are having a bit of a tough time of things right now."

"All of that however could be about to change. Linus Torvalds, the guru that created the operating system, is about to release the next version of the Linux kernel. This one will be the 2.4 kernel and it is expected to be rolled out towards the end of this month -- hopefully in time to give everyone a little boost to their Christmas stockings. And, hardly surprisingly the world is waiting with baited breath."

"The issue though is whether or not this release will garner the kind of attention that Linux really needs right now. Because of all of the negative press, about Linux companies rather than the O/S itself, Linux has rather fallen out of favour. But, with the release of a new kernel, the chances are that publicity will change once again for the better and Linux should, and hopefully will, return to being flavour of each and every month."

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